Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #264-265

Welcome back, everyone, and happy 2017!!  It's the start of a brand new year, and we're super excited about all the great things God has blessed us with for this new year of sharing our artistic talents with one another.  If you take a look at the side-bar, you'll see all the wonderful sponsors we have lined up for the year.  Some have been with us for quite some time, and some are brand new to us.  We praise God for supplying ALL our needs, and as it always with Him, He has blessed us exceeding abundantly!  We want to say a HUGE thank you to all our amazing sponsors.  We are truly grateful for their generous support.

Our word art for this challenge was created with the verse Psalm 107:2 that says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so".  When translated, the original meaning of the word "redeemed" is delivered or rescued.  One might ask, "delivered or rescued from what"?  Well, the answer to that is....to be RESCUED FROM ETERNITY IN HELL....SEPARATED FROM GOD FOREVER.  I can't imagine the pure torture of one single second without Him.  But to be separated from His almighty presence for ALL ETERNITY is too much to even imagine.  It also refers to our deliverance from danger.  At the time, God's people were being delivered from their captivity in Babylon.  Praise God, we can also be delivered (rescued and safe from danger) for ALL ETERNITY.  So, if you are redeemed (saved, rescued, delivered and safe) by the blood of our the ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, Jesus Christ, then SAY SO!!!  Tell the world that you are redeemed and set free.  This news is too wonderful and to important to keep to ourselves.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here are our SUPER sponsors for this challenge:
The Greeting Farm is a new sponsor for us this year.
They carry adorable rubber stamps in their
sweet store, and one lucky person will win
a $40 gift certificate to spend however they
choose.  What an amazing prize.
Please stop by The Greeting Farm to look around!
AND
Craftin' Desert Divas is our digital sponsor,
and another new sponsor for us this year.
One lucky person will get their choice of
any two (2) digital images from their shop.
You can check out Craftin' Desert Divas here.


AND NOW......Our lucky winner:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person has won a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
So, who is our winner of a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
That lucky person is......

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #140 - Diane from Nellie's Nest
Entry #194- Crafty Hazelnut
Entry #211 - Designs By Sharon

Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:



Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Anything Goes - Challenge Weeks #262-263

Welcome back to our last challenge of 2016, everyone.  It's been a fabulous year, and we're so grateful for all our amazing sponsors, and for each and every one of you who has shared their art with us this year.  When you visit our blog for the first challenge in 2017, you will be able to see ALL the AMAZING sponsors we have lined up for the new year.  God has blessed us, and we are SO grateful.  Thanks for being part of Word Art Wednesday.  We're especially grateful for all of you, and we pray for God's richest blessings upon you all in the coming year.

The word art for our new challenge is from 2 Corinthians 9:8, and it says "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."  What this verse is telling us is that when we give cheerfully to others, He will bless our increase so that we always have what we truly need to be content (and so much more).  When we see the word "sufficiency", it refers to godliness with contentment.  When we are content with what we already have, and are good stewards of what we already have, God gives us more.  We must prove ourselves faithful will small things first.  Then, He blesses our increase as we use it to glorify Him and use what we have to bless others while giving glory and honor to Him.  When our giving (of time, prayer, goods, etc.) blesses others, it touches their hearts and brings Him glory.  Only then will He bless us with even more.  When we hoard all we have (whether it's knowledge, time or material goods), God isn't quick to give us more.  Only when we use what we have to bless others does He trust us with even more, and more and more and more.  There is no end to what God can and will do through us when we are faithful to share with others from the bounty with which He has blessed us.  After all, it truly is more blessed to give than it is to receive.  That's "Holiday spirit", and we do it to honor and glorify God who has done SO MUCH for us.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here's our AWESOME sponsor for this challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Someone has won a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
Be sure to link up for your chance to win!

AND NOW.....Our TWO very lucky winners:
CropStop is a wonderful on-line store that carries
lots of Tim Holtz products, die-cuts, stamps, and SO
much more.  One lucky person has won a
product prize package from CropStop.
That's Lucky Entry #112 - Traci Major
AND
Our Digital Sponsor for this challenge is
All Dressed Up.  One lucky person will get
to choose two (2) sweet new images from
All Dressed Up.  And that lucky person is

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #68 - DeAnne Saunders
Entry #206 - Lisa Lynn
Entry #241 - Jana K.
Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Challenge Weeks #260-#261 - Anything Goes

Welcome back to Word Art Wednesday, everyone.  We're so blessed that you've stopped by to play along in our new challenge, to fellowship with us, and to share your God-given talents with us through sharing the art God inspires you to create and link to our challenge.  We love seeing what God inspires you to make, and we thank you for sharing it with us.  By doing so, you will be eligible for our TWO awesome prizes again this challenge.

The scripture verse used for our new piece of word art is from John 3:16 which is, of course, a very familiar Bible verse to pretty much everyone.  In fact, it may be one of the most quoted and well-known verse of all.  What a blessing to know that because God loved the world SO MUCH, He sent His only begotten son (Jesus Christ, God in human flesh) to Calvary to pay the price for our sinfulness.  God was able to do this for us BECAUSE He loves us so much, and because His perfect, sinless condition was the ONLY payment for our sins that would be worthy and satisfy the debt of our sin.  I praise God for becoming flesh and dwelling among us, and for suffering, dying, and rising again from the dead as payment for our eternal existence with Him in Heaven.  God is SO GOOD to care so much for us, and to provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him.  At Christmas, and always, this is something we need to celebrate!

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here are our TWO SPONSORS for this new challenge:
CropStop is a wonderful on-line store that carries
lots of Tim Holtz products, die-cuts, stamps, and SO
much more.  One lucky person will win a
product prize package from CropStop.
AND
Our Digital Sponsor for this challenge is
All Dressed Up.  One lucky person will get
to choose two (2) sweet new images from

AND NOW......Our VERY Lucky Winner:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Someone has won a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
That lucky person this time is.......

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry #91- Amy Marshall
Entry #104- Jana K.
Entry #291 - Designs By Sharon


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Challenge Weeks #258-259 - Anything Goes

Hey there, artists and crafty blog friends!  We're so glad you've stopped by for our new challenge.  As we draw close to Thanksgiving, this is a great time to GIVE THANKS to God for all the blessings in our lives.  We are very grateful for His blessings on our blog, on us personally, and for each of you who stops by to share your art with us.  We encourage YOU to take time this week to thank God for all the blessings in your life.  God is so good!

Let's take a look at 2 Corinthians 9:15, the scripture for our new word art.  This verse says, "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift."  If you have small children, this is an easy verse for them to memorize (at Thanksgiving and always) to acknowledge that we need to thank God for the incredible gift He has given us.  So, what is this "unspeakable" gift He has given us?  Well, to be perfectly honest, He has given us MANY wonderful gifts.  He has given us His unconditional love through Jesus Christ, He has given us His Holy Spirit who pours out His love for us into our hearts and who comforts us when we need Him.  However, there is one particular gift that God has given us that truly merits the designation of being "unspeakable", and that is the gift of eternal life through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  This supreme act of love He made towards us is called "unspeakable" because mere words can't express what an astounding and eternal gift this is.  Because we are all sinners, we deserve to be separated from God forever in a dark pit of fire called Hell (and yes, it's a very real and literal place).  But because God loves us SO much, He provided a way for us to spend eternity with Him by becoming human flesh and coming to this earth to give Himself as the only perfect sacrifice that could satisfy the great debt for all the sins of mankind.  There was no other way to bridge the gap and allow us to come to the Father.  His unspeakable gift means that we don't have to fear Hell.  We can KNOW FOR SURE that we will spend our eternity in Heaven with Him simply by accepting this unspeakable gift, confessing our sinful condition, and asking Him to save us from our sinful ways and help us to live for Him.  He paid the price, and we get the gift.  That is truly a gift worth more than anything.  Will you accept this gift?  He is waiting for YOU.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I know I'm sure thankful to God for His unspeakable gift.

As always, you are welcome to save the free scripture/word art file to your computer, but are not required to use it in order to play along in our challenges.   We welcome you share your all your art with us; remembering that Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. This includes any type of altered or digital art (not just limited to cards).  You may link up to five (5) projects each week. The more you enter, the more you increase your odds of winning.  It is our desire that God's Word will be a blessing and encouragement to you as we share it. If you have any questions about the rules, be sure to read the complete list of rules under our page tab for "Challenge Rules".  Because our ultimate goal is to honor God, we have no other choice but to delete any entries that do not adhere to our guidelines.  Please know that this doesn't mean we are judging anyone.  We're simply attempting to honor God and follow His rules.  Let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your understanding and participation!
Here is this week's word art.  We hope
that it will be a blessing to you.

Here is our AWESOME SPONSOR for this new challenge:
Simon Says Stamp is  your one-stop place for ALL
the latest and greatest scrapbook and card-making
supplies.  They have everything you could ever want,
and one lucky person will win a generous $25 Gift
Certificate to spend at this WONDERFUL store.
Someone will win a $25 Gift Certificate
from our good friends at Simon Says Stamp
But in order to win, you need to link up!

AND NOW......OUR LUCKY WINNER!!!
Shoppe 3130 is an amazing, and super sweet on-line
store where you can find SO many lovely goodies for
weddings, parties, crafting and so much more.
One lucky person has won a fabulous prize package
from Shoppe 3130.  This prize package includes:
20 pieces of wool felt, paper straws, baker's twine,
craft elastic, paper scraps, tissue scraps and fabric glue.
WOW!!  Shoppe 3130 carries SO many fun items!
We hope you will CHECK OUT this awesome shoppe!
The Lucky Winner is - Entry #201 - Patty Sue 2

We also have a re-draw for another unclaimed
prize.  This prize package will now go to
Entry #13 - Melissa Sunshine Honeybee

And Our Top 3 Honors Go To:
Entry# 25 - Maxine D.
Entry #197 - Jacky
Entry #321 - Julie G.


Please email Karen if you'd like a
Top 3 Badge for your blog.  All winners
must also email us per the Rules Page.

May God bless all our AWESOME sponsors.
We appreciate them all SO very much!
AND NOW.....Here's some inspiration to get you started:


Using Sponsor Products from Simon Says Stamp
Audrey Blue Ink and Maliblue Ink (on the banner on the sentiment)